Long time Landman and Investment Manager David Leland Bole (1938-2020) recently passed away

  • 1.  Long time Landman and Investment Manager David Leland Bole (1938-2020) recently passed away

    Posted 06-08-2020 11:19
    Our industry lost a great man, a great father, a great husband and to me a great friend with the recent passing of David Leland Bole. David was born April 10, 1938 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 24, 2020. He graduated from Bartlesville College High in 1956. David attended The University of Oklahoma where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. David graduated in the first class of the Petroleum Land Management program in 1961. He met his wife, Joanne, at OU and they were married on August 27, 1958. While at OU David was a member of the Army ROTC and upon graduation he served in the United States Army Artillery Division - Big Red One.
    Throughout David's 50-year career in oil and gas, David was a tireless net worker and business builder. He held numerous leadership roles in prominent companies starting as a landman with Humble Oil in Ardmore, Oklahoma. His career with Humble took him to Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Houston. He left Humble in 1968 to join Merrill Lynch in Oklahoma City where he eventually became national product manager for oil and gas investments in New York City. Upon returning to Oklahoma City, David was co-founder and president of Edwards & Leach Oil Co. He later moved to Pittsburg to work for Equitable Resources and later moved back to Houston, where he became managing director at Randall & Dewey and he ultimately retired from Quantum Energy Partners.
    David was active in many industry associations including AAPL, TIPRO and IPAA having received the IPAA Leadership Award in 2004. He served on the Sarkeys Energy Center board of directors and the advisory board for the Energy Management program at Price College of Business at OU. David and Joanne were active in their Christian faith and most recently members of Christ teh King Presbyterian in Houston, Texas.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, his three(3) children Julia Atherton (Robert) of Tulsa, OK, David Bole, Jr. (Jodi) of Austin, TX, and Steve Bole (Maggie) of Austin, TX; and his seven (7) grandchildren, Garrett Atherton(Allison), Laura Thurman (Allen), Leslie Atherton, Evan and Anabelle Bole, and Gabi and Lucas Bole: and one (10 great-grandchild, Parker Thurman.
    David loved his family and friends and a HUGE Sooner football fan and attended many games. I first met David when he was at Randall & Dewey and was a speaker at an Energy Conference. David loved to talk about his family, the industry he worked in and his Sooners!!!! When I introduced myself at the conference after he spoke I was amazed that he knew me, knew my name, where I was working and had worked and that I was a former Sooner football player. After meeting him for the first time I walked away like had been a friend for several years. He was that way!!!  Always encouraged me to network, make friends and connections in the industry and he would go out of his way introduced me to folks he knew.  What a passionate man about his faith, family and friends and he was very generous with his time, talents, knowledge and a great role model. Every time our paths crossed at industry functions and OU football games I would walk away encouraged, impressed and blessed with the time we spent talking and getting caught up.
    A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations can be made in memory of David to Christ the King Presbyterian in Houston, TX.
    Well done David, well done you good and faithful servant......will miss you my friend......

    Larry Coshow CPL
    BPX Energy
    Edmond OK
    (405) 312-3930